…the Internet’s true value isn’t in being everywhere but in enhancing the here.
"The dream was that anyone, anywhere, could participate and would, if given the chance," said Shelley Bernstein, the vice director of digital engagement and technology at the Brooklyn Museum. "I had the ‘anyone, anywhere’ dream. I remember sitting in countless meetings and arguing for that dream."
- Museums See Different Virtues in Virtual Worlds, By ANAND GIRIDHARADAS AUG. 7, 2014, New York Times
The “anyone, anywhere dream” is the foundational philosophy of the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum. There is no physical location for the museum, anyone, anywhere can explore our resources online. La Placita, is the museum’s virtual town square in the virtual world of Second Life where visitors can learn and engage with Latino cultural heritage through immersive interactive experiences. Designed to replicate true physical museum experiences, visitors explore the museum as avatars, and anyone can come donning any identity they choose.
Pondering the Possibilities is a personal reflection written by writer, poet, and longtime LVM collaborator Maria Miranda Maloney about the possibilities of creating community in a virtual space based on her experience in Second Life at the Latino Virtual Museum for LatinoVirtual.blogspot.com, an archived blog documenting the development of LVM in Second Life.
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